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    The Other Side of the Exam Table

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    Over the last month I’ve been entirely consumed by my year-old cat’s rapid progression down the FLUTD path of horrors. After four deobstructions and five hospitalizations, I agreed to have Dr. Magee (one of our surgeons) perform a...

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    Doppler Blood Pressure

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to obtain a Doppler blood pressure on a dog.

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    Fluid Pump Basics

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows the basics of using a fluid pump.

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    Diagnostic Ultrasonography

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    Jen Langevin, CVT, and Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, explain and demonstrate the basic abdominal ultrasound process, specifically the technician’s role and the specific organs examined by the radiologist.

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    Grape Toxicity

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses a case of grape toxicity and the process of dealing with grape ingestion in general.

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    Take That Syringe Out of Your Mouth!

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    Some habits are tough to quit. Chewing your fingernails, picking the olives off your pizza, incessant channel surfing - they can be challenging to stop. As safety manager for our hospital, I can now recognize how tough it is to...

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    Patient Cooling

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses how to cool a patient with a very high body temperature. Instead of ice packs (which will cause vasoconstriction and trap hot blood in the patient’s core), cool water and a fan are used....

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    Urinalysis Preparation

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to prepare for the three parts of a complete urinalysis: perform a dipstick test, specific gravity, and sediment exam.

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    Basic Ear Cleaning

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains and demonstrates how to perform a basic ear cleaning on a dog. 

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    Handling Aggressive Dogs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through restraining an unpredictable dog with a past history of aggression for an IV injection.

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    Body Temperature - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure body temperature rectally on a dog.

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    Respiratory Rate and Effort - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to examine a dog’s respiratory rate and effort, while paying close attention to the specific patient’s mentation, illness, and breed.

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    Monitoring Mentation - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), what mentation means, with emphasis on classifying patients as QAR (Quiet/Alert/Responsive), BAR (Bright/Alert/Responsive), and Dull/Depressed.

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    Monitoring Mucous Membranes - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to evaluate Mucous Membranes and CRT (Capillary Refill Time) in a dog.

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    Heart Rate and Rhythm - Canine

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to measure heart rate, rhythm, and pulse quality on a dog.

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    Canine Cephalic Vein Blood Collection

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    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to draw blood from a dog’s cephalic vein.

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    Blood Collection Tubes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses various blood collection tubes and what each is used for.

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    Canine Jugular Venipuncture

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    Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to draw blood from a dog’s jugular vein. She explains why the circumstances are appropriate for drawing from the jugular instead of a peripheral vein.

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    At Dawn They Sleep: Guide to Surviving Overnights

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    As I stated in my previous blog, overnights are hard. Health problems and cancer are very prevalent among overnight workers, sadly, and it's been suggested that if you work overnights you shouldn't work them for long perio...

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    Why I Like Overnights

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    Do I like overnights? Does anyone like overnights? Maybe a few masochistic vampires out there can truly answer yes but the truth is that working graveyard is tough. It is unnatural and completely socially alienating. Though I...

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    Here's My Problem: Overnight Anticipation

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    I have to work an overnight shift tonight. It’s a mid-week overnight shift, surrounded by days of meetings and office work. My favorite. In my outside-of-work life I LOVE anticipation, but as I forced myself to sleep in this...

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    Drinks After Work

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    Many shifts leave me feeling like a weary soldier of the ER/ICU, and (more often than not) the Grim Reaper. These times call for a drink. I envy those of you that can meet for so-called "happy hour", the late sunlight...

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    Aftercare Paw Prints

    Views: 5,622 - Comments: 7

    Technician Assistant, Cecily Douglas, demonstrates how to make a set of ink paw prints as part of aftercare on deceased patients.

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    The Reality of Medical Inventory

    Views: 5,786 - Comments: 5

    Many of us have experienced the frustration of dealing with the revolving door of drugs or inventory items that are in short supply, on backorder, or have been discontinued. Within the past two years we've seen this with drugs we...

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    Using Sterilization Pouches

    Views: 10,230 - Comments: 3

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, talks through how to sterilize instruments in single sterilization pouches.

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    Cage Aggression

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    Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to appropriately manage a dog that has severe cage aggression.

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    Compassion Fatigue

    Views: 13,089 - Comments: 8

    Did you know that caring too much can hurt? When veterinary staff members are exposed to others pain, they can succumb to symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled compassion fatigue. Compassion...

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    Fractious Cat Restraint

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Technician Assistant, Sarah Crisp, wrangle Max, a very grumpy cat who is in the ER for an exam and diagnostics. Megan gives some tips on handling aggressive and fractious cats.

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    Use of a 3-Way Stopcock

    Views: 10,604 - Comments: 1

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), uses water and food coloring to demonstrate how to properly use a 3-way stopcock.

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    Open and Hand Off a Sterile Pack

    Views: 12,027 - Comments: 8

    Surgery assistant, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to open and hand off a sterile pack.

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    Wrapping Sterile Packs

    Views: 17,607 - Comments: 14

    Surgery Assistant at DoveLewis, Sarah Crisp, explains step-by-step how to wrap a surgical pack for steam sterilization.

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    Decreasing IV Catheter Problems

    Views: 48,381 - Comments: 20

    Placing peripheral catheters is something technicians do everyday. With this article I hope I can give you some new techniques on placing them aseptically which will help them run trouble free. These are techniques that will decre...

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    Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

    Views: 24,346 - Comments: 8

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through obtaining a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein in a dog. The lateral saphenous vein in dogs is an ideal spot for quick blood draws.

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    Scrubbing In

    Views: 13,363 - Comments: 5

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, walks through proper technique for a surgical scrub, gowning and sterile closed gloving technique. This is a great review for staff members who infrequently scrub in for surgical procedures.  ...

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    Suture Basics

    Views: 10,874 - Comments: 5

    In this brief video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to decipher suture size and material.

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    Directional Terms

    Views: 11,627 - Comments: 9

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), summarizes the most common directional terms used in medical terminology.

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    Thoracic Radiographs

    Views: 13,931 - Comments: 4

    Proper positioning is key to obtaining diagnostic radiographs. In this video, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), reviews proper thoracic radiograph positioning and safety.

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    Blood Glucose via Ear Stick

    Views: 8,706 - Comments: 9

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, reviews blood glucose sampling using the ear stick method. This is beneficial for glucose curves in the hospital and for teaching owners to monitor their pet’s glucose levels at home.

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    PCV/TS Reading

    Views: 14,935 - Comments: 15

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses measuring a packed cell volume and total solids is fast, inexpensive, and provides a great deal of information. Every staff member should be comfortable performing this, and this video wal...

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    Lateral Saphenous Injection: Canine

    Views: 8,974 - Comments: 2

    In this video Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows you how to utilize the lateral saphenous vein in a dog to give an injection, in order to preserve cephalic veins for IV catheters.

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    MRSA/MRSI – Should You Be Alarmed?

    Views: 15,712 - Comments: 4

    I knew it was only a matter of time before the worry and fear of drug resistant infections jumped from the world of human medicine to our utopia of veterinary medicine. Veterinary Medicine: where we don’t HAVE to wear gloves with...

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